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Award Winner
St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, hosts the annual Denny Prize for Distinction in Writing which was established by Chuck Denny and his family as an endowment in honor of family matriarch, Eleanor McCahill Denny. The award strives to recognize the fundamental importance of writing and thinking in all fields of scholarly endeavor. Faculty and staff of the University are invited to submit essays, poetry, prose writings and other creative projects from a variety of fields for the annual prize. Judges for the Denny Prize include distinguished writers, editors and scholars.

This year, the award was given in both scholarly nonfiction and creative writing and I am honored to be selected as the Denny Prize Winner in creative nonfiction for my essay, Magical Realism for Non-Believers.

My sincere gratitude goes to St. Catherine University and the Denny family for recognizing the value of writing. There will be a reception and reading on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at the University.
Memoir in 130 Characters?
Creative Nonfiction, the most excellent journal and foundation from Lee Gutkind, publishes all manner of the genre from anthologies to essays. The journal's Twitter account (@cnfonline) also features "Tiny Truths" -- micro-essays told in 130 characters (with the #cnftweet tag). "Go for it. We dare you," they say on their website and I'm not one to pass up a dare.

They choose a couple favorites each day and here are my winning micro-essays:
My boss shows me a handful of broken knobs and snapped-off plastic clips. Do you need these? he asks. No, not those. #cnftweet
I'm playing Jingle Bells on the piano. Cut! says my 5 yr old. Take five! She returns in a ballet leotard. #cnftweet
Go for it. I dare you!

Thank you Minnesota, one of the greatest states in the country. The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded the 2011 Artist Initiative Grants. The grant funds projects for artists at all stages of their careers, to support artistic development, nurture artistic creativity, and recognize the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota. I am honored and grateful to be one of the grantees.